BENEFITING: ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2013
To honor the memory of our founding Board member and good friend, Jeff Partridge, the Hartford Marathon Foundation created a relay race for school children to participate the ING Hartford Marathon.
Appropriately called “Jeff’s Running Partners”, because of Jeff’s passion for running and his commitment to education, the program involves one or more teachers, coaches or parents representing a school with a team of students. The adults complete the full marathon as a relay team (each running a portion of the route) or as individuals running the full 26.2 miles, or half marathon. Each student runs one or more miles alongside their coach or other adult. Children enter and exit the course at designated mile markers, assisted by parent volunteers. The number of student runners depends on how many students are capable of running more than one mile. The athletes convene with their teammates at mile 26 to cross the Finish Line as a team and receive a medal for their accomplishment.
The schools use the event as a fundraiser to support a charity of the team's choice. Since 2002, over 2,250 youths have participated and have raised over $160,000 for local charities. For information about forming a team at your school email firstname.lastname@example.org.